OLDHAM Athletic's owner has sent a message to Wrexham's co-chairman after completing his 3,000-mile row across the Atlantic Ocean.

The 73-year-old finished the gruelling challenge of rowing from the Canary Islands to Antigua yesterday after 64 days out at sea. 

The Oldham owner is raising funds for Alzheimer's Research UK and his JustGiving page has raised almost £280,000. 

Ahead of the challenge, Wrexham co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney donated $2,000 in support of their fellow chairman. 

The Hollywood pair are no strangers to making generous donations, having made several contributions to help people and organisations within the Wrexham community since their takeover in 2021. 

The donation to Mr Rothwell is even more classy after a year earlier the Oldham chairman claimed he had "never heard of" Rob and Ryan. 

The jokes ahead of the FA Cup tie between the two sides season appear to be long forgotten as upon completion of his challenge, Mr Rothwell thanked the Hollywood pair for their support. 


He also wished the Reds all the best in their push for promotion.

Rothwell said: "This is what I'd like to say to Ryan and Rob, thank you very much for the donation that you've made. 

"You've given what I've done credibility, thank you very much indeed and I wish Wrexham all the best. 

"I hope Wrexham get promoted because we don't want to play you again next year."